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The tiger beetle (Cicindela chinensis japonica) is a new addition to New Leaf. It is a skittish ground-dwelling bug. It is slow-moving at first but speeds up when approached carelessly. If ran past or if the net is swung in its vicinity it will immediately flee and disappear.
- "I caught a tiger beetle! Who was really hunting whom?" —New Leaf
- "I caught a tiger beetle! I pounced first!" —New Horizons
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In New Leaf
An information board in the bug exhibit in the museum lists information about this bug.
"Tiger Beetles are known for their aggressive habits and fast running speed. Their bodies are rather colorful and reflect the sunshine, giving them a shimmery appearance. Tiger-Beetle larvae live in cylindrical burrows and capture insects that wander past with their mandibles."
In New Horizons
"The tiger beetle is extremely fleet of foot, though it runs in a rather peculiar way. That is, it sprints, then stops, then sprints again...using these speedy maneuvers to run down its prey. You see, the tiger beetle―like a real tiger―is a powerful predator. The mere thought of it giving chase gives me the willies. Tigers are terrifying at any size."
- Main article: Cicindela chinensis japonica on Wikipedia
The tiger beetle, true to its namesake, is a quick and aggressive hunter, with some species reaching speeds of up to nine kilometers (or about five and a half miles) per hour. The tiger beetle is so fast that when running it temporarily loses its vision--its eyes simply cannot register imagery at that speed, so the tiger beetle is forced to run in zig-zags to keep itself aware of its surroundings.
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